Don’t settle for empty carbs

 

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” -Matthew 23:27-28 (ESV)

When God dwelt among us, robbed in the flesh as Jesus Christ (John 1:14), He spent time rebuking the religious people. Why? I believe the answer lies in what He says to them. He said that they were like whitewashed tombs full of dead people’s bones. Many equate religion with God. To them it is the same thing. To be religious is to be godly and follow God. But, we see in the Bible that that is just simply not true.

6″Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”-John 14:6 (ESV)

25″Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,”-John 11:25 (ESV)

If being in a religion is following God and He is life, then why were the religious people likened to a whitewashed tomb full of dead people’s bones? The answer is that they made too much of religion. To them is was the following of the law that saved them.

God saves us.

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Let me put it to you this way: Religion is to empty carbs as Jesus is to food with nutritional value. Religion leaves you hungry for more, and lacking in sufficient nutrients. With Jesus you will never hunger or thirst again, because your soul is being fed what God created you to be fed with.

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Since I met Jesus and became a disciple I have had periods where I was thirsty and hungry for Him. It was during those times that I had not nurtured my relationship with Him. I was homesick and just needed to spend time with Him. So, when I say that you will never hunger or thirst again I am saying that as long as you are nurturing your relationship with Him you will not. The thing with religion is that you hunger and thirst and try to fill it with works of service and what not all, but you eventually become weary and feeling dried up inside (dead people’s bones, hello). You act right, you do all the right things, but it is never good enough. You never find that point of satisfaction and peace; that only comes from Jesus.

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With Jesus, I am enough, just as I am. He loves me and gently corrects me. He blesses me when I walk in obedience; when I stumble and fall, He picks me up and washes me off. When I spend time with Him, He fills my soul with good nutrition. With that nutrition I am able to do good works and pour out my life into the lives of others.

Can you be in a relationship with Jesus and be religious? Yes. I am not saying that being religious is wrong. We need to be in community; together with other disciples of Christ we make up the body of Christ, with Him as our head. We should gather together to spur one another on, and to lift one another up. What I am saying is that you need to evaluate yourself. Are you trying to reach God through your religion; or are you joining yourself to other Christians, as the body of believers, because Jesus reached you with His atoning power? There is a difference. Check to see if there is any Pharisee in you and then repent.

Don’t settle for empty carbs. Go for the good stuff.

By His Grace,

Momma Birdy

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Four Keys to Manifesting Your Purpose

This has been a word in season for me. I hope that it brings encouragement and direction to you as well.
By His Grace,
Momma Birdy

prayer & practice

Four Keys

“There is no difference between my humanness and your humanness, the only thing is if you’re trying to get there, you cannot stop believing.”- Tyler Perry

Focus, Hard Work, Believing & Grace

Pick one and start there; to get anything done successfully you will need to engage them all!

I started with grace. Grace has been defined as unmerited favor; goodness or gifts that are bestowed upon us that we have no reason to expect.

The challenge lies not in the lack of grace in our lives but lies in our inability to recognize and acknowledge it.  Acts of grace are abundant and are all around us. Here are a few gifts of grace that you may have lost sight of;

It is by God’s grace that:

  • We can ponder the idea of a life of greater purpose.
  • We desire right and not wrong.
  • We have this day, this…

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Freedom

We live in a great country that was established on the very conviction of freedom. But, as American-flag-map-3Americans, do we have the same idea about freedom that our founding fathers did? I am convinced more today than ever before that we have a very selfish, twisted view of freedom.

Today I was watching Jim Caviezel’s Testimony. If you don’t know who Jim Caviezel is, he is the man who played Jesus in ‘The Passion of the Christ’ directed by Mel Gibson. Thorn again … Jim Caviezel as Jesus in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004).In this interview he said something that hit home to me. I have been praying for the people of our country and I have watched the selfish, twisted view of freedom play out before me over the years. Jim said, “Every generation of Americans needs to know that freedom exists not to do what you like, but having the right to do what you ought.”

I agree 100% with him. The Bible says in John 8:36 (ESV) “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” This is a verse that really excites me. I am free. Romans 8:2 (ESV) “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” That is liberating news, especially to the person crushed by the guilt and weight of their sins. Too many use this freedom to do what they like as Jim Caviezel pointed out. What does God say to do with our freedom?

“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” 1 Peter 2:16 (ESV)

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 (ESV)

” This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 (ESV)

“For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 7:22 (ESV)

There are many, many more verses that keep with the same idea. Our freedom is from sin and death. Our freedom is the right to do what we ought, to be a servant of Christ, to love one another.

Let freedom truly ring in your life. Love God. Love others.

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By His Grace,

Momma Birdy

Hey, Momma!

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From the moment that I found out that I was expecting my first baby and I joined the hood, Motherhood to be more specific, I aspired to be “the best.” 22 years since that moment I still aspire to be “the best”, but I see “the best” differently than I did back then. After a few years I began to realize that each child is unique and required unique parenting. Needless to say my oldest child became my guinea pig.

I am still experimenting on my children. You see being a mother is a science. I have two adult children and a teenager, now. For the two who are “adult-ing” I am experimenting with the letting them fly and yet giving them wise, godly counsel. I am experimenting with the accepting their decisions and covering it in prayer. Does my experiment always work? No. I have had many failed experiments, but I am not quitting. I will continue to strive for “the best.” Being a mother is such a blessing and yet has brought me tremendous heartache as well. When my children hurt, I hurt. When I see my adult children making choices that I know can bring heartache, my heart breaks for them before it even happens. So many tears have been shed from heart wrenching tears to joy-filled tears. As for my teenager, he is also my only boy. Oh, boy! I am learning all things new. Boys are so different from girls. God help me. Praise the Lord for giving me such a great husband who is an awesome father to all three of our precious arrows.

I wouldn’t trade for this beautiful thing called motherhood. I wait with great expectation for the days when I will join the grand-motherhood. Speaking of grand-motherhood, my mother didn’t receive the recognition for her mothering of me or my brother until I had walked that road. Now, I understand and appreciate her so much more. Thank you, Momma. You are awesome!

Mommas: remember that you are shooting your little arrows out into the world. Aim well. And remember as you launch them to breath, just breath and let God take it from there.

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Have a great Mother’s Day! Take time to thank Jesus for giving you this prized title of Momma. God bless.

By His Grace,

Momma Birdy

Eternity

Don’t be blinded by your desires or deceived by a form of logic that denies Christ.

Question – “If He is truly a God of love then why torment us with Hell?”

Answer- “Why do we  send lawbreakers to prison? We do it because laws are put into effect and the consequences of choice determine whether you are free or bound.”

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We all have sinned; we have all broken the law of God. Jesus has offered Himself up in our place. The cost for this service is to come under His authority so He can keep us from continuing down The path of destruction.
If you find yourself in Hell it will be by your choice, not God’s choice.
2 Peter 3:8-10 (ESV)
“8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”

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Life is too short and eternity too long. Don’t be so consumed with the present that you fail to prepare for the future.
Revelation 20:15 (ESV)
“15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

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With all sincerity and love,

Momma Birdy